Ronstan Industrial Blog

How to set up an Outrigger

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Outriggers are a great addition to any fisherman’s boat as they enable them to increase their total catch. It is a part of the boat’s rigging composed of poles, which extend the boat. They enable the user to drop lines further away from the boat than if an outrigger was not in use, meaning there is space for more lines. ...

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Working Loads vs Breaking Loads

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Understanding the safety factors of the equipment you are working with is paramount no matter the industry you are working in. With this, it is important to comprehend the differences between working loads, and breaking loads – which may sound the same, but they are not. Any configuration of equipment is only as strong as its weakest, or lowest rated parts. Both terms ...

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Stainless Steel Grades

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Stainless steel is one of the most widely used materials on this planet, and it comes in a multitude of different grades and make ups. It is key to know the differences between them, and what this means for the steels various forms of applications across numerous industries worldwide. Sometimes called inox, or inox steel, stainless steel is a steel alloy that is ...

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Dynamic Rope Vs Static Rope

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There are a various types of rope, but one important differentiation is whether the rope is dynamic or static. This distinction is important when considering which rope to use in a number of alternative contexts. So what is the difference? A dynamic rope is one that is specially constructed to have some long ways flexibility and movement. Dynamic rope has certain levels of ...

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Ronstan North America President – Scot West

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How did I get here? Summer 1993, brutal economy. I am in my early 20s. Life was good, but I hated my job. I won’t say specifically what I was doing, but it is still the job I refer back to on bad days and think, “at least I’m not doing that!” Meanwhile, my father, a marine industry lifer, was selling ads for ...

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Sister Clips, Brummell Hooks, Inglefield Clips

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The generic sister clip is used for joining to an identical sibling clip. They are interlocking clips that are twisted to lock in place or seal. Sister clips are sometimes known as Inglefield clips, and potentially even a brummel hook. ...

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Quick Links Stainless Steel Rigging Component

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Quick links are a mechanism for extending link chains and connecting one link chain to another. They are normally made out of stainless steel but can also be found in other metals such as highly polished zinc. ...

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Swivel Shackles, Barrel Swivels, Barrel Shackles

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Also known as chain swivels or anchor swivels, because these mechanisms connect your anchor to your chain to help you stop the lines from knotting or twisting. The swivel piece’s purpose is to help reduce the stress on other parts of the systems that they are used in, which is especially the case in the marine industry when it comes to anchoring. ...

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Stainless Steel Rigging Closed & Open Thimbles

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Some thimbles are appropriate for lighter duty applications only, whereas other stronger more durable thimbles can cope with a lot more stress. Thimbles are available in several types of material including titanium, stainless steel, acetyl, and aluminium. ...

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S-Hooks

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As a tool, S-Hooks are quite standardised. They come in slight different variations from long and thin to shorter and thicker. Common materials include wrought iron, galvanized steel, Bronx, stainless steels, and other hardy metals. ...

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Track/Car, I-Beam Tracks & Travelers

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Traveller tracks and cars are used in sailing as sail adjustment mechanisms; they are a vital piece of equipment. Each family of traveller systems (tracks and cars) is engineered to be able to deal with the different loads it is faced with and the different usages and applications it will be used for. ...

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Rope Guides, Horn Cleat, T-Cleat, V-Cleat, Stoppers

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It is pretty much all in the name. A rope guide is a mechanism that guides the rope, sometimes also known as a cleat. There are a number of different styles of cleats, for different usages with many types and thicknesses of rope. ...

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Carabiner, Carbine, Karabiner Hooks

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A carabiner is a metal loop, usually D-shaped but sometimes oval, which has one spring-hinged side, called the gate, and one straight side called the spine. ...

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Rope Stoppers and Parrel Beads

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What is a parrel bead and a rope stopper? Parrels are loops made of rope or metal, they are loose loops to enable movement and sliding around whatever they are attached to. Parrel beads are solid balls with holes drilled through them which are threaded along the loops. Parrel beads are normally sold alongside rope stoppers. ...

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Pad Eyes – Folding, Round, Bolt Through, Screw In

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A pad eye is a device that a line runs through to provide an attachment point, they are often found on boats, and often welded or bolted to the deck or the hull of the boat. ...

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